Ethereum price shattered in the previous days after crossing the holy $3500 barrier in early April. In the past 36 hours, the ETH prices have fallen below $3000 after anticipations of the FOMC got through.
The crypto ecosystem had been worried about the Federal Chair meet on Thursday which did not end well. To arrest inflation, the Fed has been under pressure to raise interest rates after resisting it throughout 2021.
On Thursday, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell statement raised alarm bells across global markets. He said a half-point interest rate increase “will be on the table” in the next Federal reserve meet in May. With inflation running roughly three times the Fed’s 2% target, “it is appropriate to be moving a little more quickly,” Powell said in a discussion of the global economy at the meetings of the International Monetary Fund as Reuters reports.
What now for Ethereum?
The Fed’s comments have ultimately added to ETH’s downfall. From the social volume chart above, it is clearly visible how there is a fall in interest for Ethereum on social media. However, daily active addresses has managed to sustain despite the Fed’s news, which isn’t a great sign for the Ethereum community but isn’t too bad either.
Why? That’s because there has been no fall in users on the blockchain and it is a crucial time for the Ethereum community to build on that.
ETH/USD | Source: Tradingview
On the technical front, the Relative Strength Index value here indicates weakness on the charts with a value of 42.79 (at press time). This is still some distance away from the oversold region so a further correction from current levels may be observed.
This brings us to the question: should investors HODL or sell off while there is still time?
ETH investors eased over gas fees
Rising Ethereum gas has been a major concerns for many projects on the blockchain. Being one of the most expensive, Ethereum has faced a lot of criticism. It has led to users shifting to other more scalable and cheaper blockchains such as Polygon and Solana. Another new project called Bitgert is also on the rise as a potential competition for Ethereum.
Realising the gas fee issues on the blockchain, Ethereum announced gas fee reductions in early April. This led to one of the largest gas fee reductions to be recorded on the blockchain. The average gas fees is currently on a 30 day low giving investors a reason to cheer in these uncertain times.
Kanav is a journalist at AMBCrypto. He has a Masters in Media and International Conflict and is interested in areas of digital society, crypto developments in the political sphere and the socio-cultural impact of a crypto-society.